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I wanted to construct a list of films in the Collection with truly extraordinary dream, daydream, or hallucination sequences.
Any such list without this film, including its famous dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali, would be incomplete--and the bonus features on this disc which demonstrate how it would have appeared if included in its entirety are invaluable.
Wendy Hiller's dream--in tartan!--is one of the most charming sequences in all of Powell and Pressburger's ouevre.
The thunderstorm in "The Street"; enough said.
A black comedy before Hollywood was ready for them, this underrated gem of a Sturges film has three unforgettable fantasy sequences in which Rex Harrison imagines offing his wife, the supposedly unfaithful Linda Darnell, as he conducts three distinct orchestral works.
Germi's film covers much of the same territory as Sturges's, except that the husband in this case isn't moved by jealousy, but the sincere desire to kill his devoted wife and marry his nubile young niece in her place. Nonetheless, some drolly delightful wish-fulfillment scenes of Marcello Mastroianni dispatching the clingy and overly-solicitous Daniela Rocca.
Who can forget Catherine Deneuve being entranced in her daydreams by the sounds of carriage bells and yowling cats as she's whipped and then raped by two coachmen, or has mud (or is it excrement?) flung at her while she wears a virginal white dress?
The images of the water pouring into Richard Chamberlain's car through his radio, or of a street in downtown Sydney underwater, are viscerally powerful and won't leave you anytime soon.
This film dissolves into the one of the bizarrest endings imaginable, as Sissy Spacek helplessly watches Shelley Duvall assist Janice Rule through the pains of childbirth...you're left wondering whether the whole movie hasn't been a nightmare.
My favorite Fellini film--and with good reason: the images of creepily chanting nuns, memories of a childhood visit to the circus, and a treehouse like no other.
From the outset, as Alexander witnesses a statue come to life and then Death stalking his grandmother's parlor, to the end, as he receives a cuff to the head by the ghost of his late stepfather, you're never quite sure which scenes with ghosts or other fantastic elements are merely in his imagination and which are truly experienced by him.
After its title sequence, this Bergman classic opens with one of the most disturbing dreams in cinema--and it takes place in broad daylight, no less.
The drug-fueled hallucinations of Johnny Depp are a treat; the lizards in the bar is a personal favorite.
I almost forgot this one--and the wish-fulfillment scenes with Billy as military hero of his own country, or gunning down his nagging parents, make it an obvious candidate for the list.
I was recently reminded of the unsettling dream sequences Mia Farrow experiences in this film; superb.
How could I have possibly left this one out when I first crafted this list? The final scene's as disturbing a hallucination as you're ever likely to see portrayed on celluloid.
I recently watched this early Polanski film for the first time, and it jumped out at me as an obvious candidate for inclusion on the list. His virtuosity in depicting Catherine Deneuve's deteriorating sanity as she roams her apartment is gripping to watch.
The scene in which the figures on the magazine covers in the porno store converse with one another (ostensibly a dream of River Phoenix's character, if memory serves) is, so far as I know, unique in cinema.